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Disney cruises are geared toward multigenerational families – especially those with young children. However, the cruise line also offers adults-only entertainment, specialty restaurants, quiet pools and nightclubs on all of its ships. These less crowded onboard amenities, along with the ships' generously sized staterooms, draw in a sprinkling of singles, couples and honeymooners. Keep in mind that you're most likely to encounter families (and crowds) during the summer months and holidays when kids are out of school.
Designed with families in mind, Disney's cabins are more spacious than those on other large-ship cruise lines. You can choose from four cabin types: Inside Staterooms, Oceanview Staterooms, Verandah Staterooms and Concierge Staterooms and Suites.
Each Inside Stateroom, which measures between 169 and 214 square feet, comes with a queen-sized bed, a flat-screen TV, a minifridge, H20 Plus toiletries and a convertible sofa bed. Most Inside Staterooms have a combined tub and shower; some are also appointed with a pull-down bed to accommodate another guest. For a little more space, book a Deluxe Inside Stateroom, which comes with a split bath that has an additional vanity, sink and toilet. All Interior Staterooms on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also boast "Magical Portholes," which feature a live feed of the ship's exterior via a high-definition camera.
Disney offers several Oceanview Stateroom options. These accommodations occupy between 204 to 241 square feet and sleep three to five people. Standard Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms come equipped with one large porthole window or two small porthole windows, as well as all of the amenities found in Inside Staterooms. Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms (available on select ships) offer more space. Most of these accommodations feature a split bath (a full bathroom and a half bathroom).
If you're looking for some fresh air, book a 246- to 304-square-foot Verandah Stateroom. Disney offers Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms with Verandahs and Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandahs. Staterooms with verandas boast standard Inside Stateroom amenities, plus furnished decks with lights and Plexiglas or solid whitewall railings. Deluxe Family Oceanview Staterooms also offer childproof locks on every balcony. Additionally, select adjoining Verandah Staterooms include removable veranda partitions to create larger outdoor spaces with access between rooms.
All Disney ships have a Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah room category that features 304 to 306 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Each comes equipped with Elemis Body Exotics toiletries, down duvets and concierge services. Concierge Suites are larger and more luxuriously appointed than standard staterooms. All ships feature two types of suite categories: Concierge Royal Suites with Verandahs and Concierge 1-Bedroom Suites with Verandahs. Concierge 2-Bedroom Suites with Verandahs are also available on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder.
Royal Suites can accommodate between five and seven passengers and measure 1,029 or 1,781 square feet, depending on the ship. These cabins are appointed with one queen-sized bed, two single beds (on select ships) and two or three pull-down beds, plus two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. Concierge Royal Suites on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also include private veranda whirlpool tubs. One-bedroom suites are smaller in size (ranging from 614 to 622 square feet) but offer a queen-sized bed, a double convertible sofa and a single wall pull-down bed (in most accommodations). Two-bedroom suites come with 945 square feet of space, plus a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds and a pull-down bed in the second bedroom and a double sleeper sofa in the living room.
No matter which concierge Suite you choose, you'll enjoy complimentary room amenity upgrades, such as pillow menus, bathrobes and slippers, in-suite Wi-Fi and access to a media library with DVDs, video games and board games. All Concierge-level accommodations also include personalized planning assistance and pre-arrival services, letting you reserve onboard activities and services up to 120 days prior to departure.
What's Included in the Price
The Walt Disney Company has been enchanting children since the 1920s, so it comes as no surprise that the cruise line's onboard amenities cater to younger vacationers. However, adults-only lounges, restaurants and pools are available as well.
Each cruise kicks off with a sail-away dance party with fellow passengers and some of Disney's most-beloved characters. The pools are just as youth-oriented, with whimsical themes and amenities like fountains and slides. On Deck 13 of Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, you'll find Goofy's Sports Deck, an open-air activity center with mini-golf, virtual sports simulators and a basketball court. Disney Magic and Disney Wonder have a similar facility (minus the miniature golf course) on the Wide World of Sports Deck. Pingpong tables and shuffleboard courts are also available on all four ships. Additionally, passengers 18 and older have access to one or two adult-exclusive pools, a spa and an onboard fitness center, where weight- and strength-training equipment and fitness classes (for a charge) are offered.
Kids can take part in a variety of age-appropriate programs while on board, including the supervised Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab for those ages 3 to 12. Disney's Oceaneer Club features four themed play areas, child-friendly computers, a reading area and multiple TVs (including a giant screen for movie screenings). Meanwhile, Disney's Oceaneer Lab is more tech-focused, with an animator's studio (where kids can learn how to draw their favorite Disney characters) and a craft area. Kids ages 11 to 14 can head to Edge to play video games, listen to music and surf the web, while older teens between 14 and 17 can visit the teens-only Vibe lounge to watch TV, play video games or grab a nonalcoholic drink from the coffee bar. For those traveling with babies or toddlers in tow, all ships offer babysitting services in the "it's a small world" nursery.
For evening entertainment, Disney offers film screenings and live shows with characters. Each ship also hosts a Pirate Night (a themed dinner followed by a deck party and fireworks display). Other themed parties, including the Star Wars Day at Sea on Disney Fantasy and the Frozen Deck Party on Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, are available as well. Cruisers ages 21 and older can enjoy adults-only spaces, such as themed bars, nightclubs and lounges.
Cruisers on Disney ships can take their pick between various main dining restaurants, casual eateries, quick service options and 24-hour room service, all of which are included in your cruise fare. When you book your cruise, you'll be asked to choose between Main Seating and Second Seating times. Main Seating dinners typically begin between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m., while Second Seating dinners begin between 8 and 8:30 p.m. You'll find your assigned dining time and restaurant rotation noted on your dining tickets in your stateroom upon embarkation. Rotational dining gives you the opportunity to experience all three of the ship's main restaurants with the same tablemates and waitstaff in tow. Main Dining restaurants vary by ship, each with a unique design and menu to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
For a less formal atmosphere, head to one of Disney Cruise Line's casual dining spots, where freshly prepared self-service buffets and made-to-order specialty dishes can be eaten inside or out on the deck. Cruisers can also grab a light snack between meals at one of the ocean liner's grab-and-go venues. These stands include everything from ice cream to pizza and vary by ship.
Disney's adult-exclusive restaurants cater to adults looking for a refined menu and a secluded, more romantic atmosphere. All four Disney ships feature the Italian-influenced Palo restaurant, while Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy also house Remy, a French-inspired eatery. Reservations for Palo and Remy can be made online after signing into your cruise account (75 to 120 days in advance, depending on your Castaway Club membership status or whether you're a first-time passenger or a Concierge Stateroom or Concierge Suite guest). You may also make reservations once on board. Palo costs $40 per person for brunch and dinner. At Remy, each diner will be charged $75 for brunch or $125 for dinner. Both restaurants offer wine pairings with dinner for an additional fee.
Food and Drink Packages
No food and drink packages are available on Disney ships. Sodas at onboard restaurants and drink stations are covered by cruise rates. However, charges apply for sodas ordered at bars and lounges. Alcoholic beverages and bottled water also cost extra at all food and beverage venues. Cruise rates do not cover gratuities, but you can opt to pay for gratuities three or more days before your departure date or have suggested gratuity amounts added to your onboard account prior to your final day at sea.
For most meals, cruisers are encouraged to sport "cruise casual" attire; shorts and T-shirts are acceptable, but swimwear and tank tops are not. Most cruises also host special themed nights, which have an additional set of clothing requirements. These vary by cruise length, but most include a pirate deck party and an optional dress-up night, where men are encouraged to wear dress pants with jackets and ladies are expected to don dresses or pantsuits. To maintain an elegant atmosphere, both Palo and Remy ask that women wear dresses or blouses with skirts or pants and men wear dress pants and collared shirts. Jackets or suits are required for men at Remy during dinner service, while jeans (without holes) are permitted for men and women at Palo.
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